[ sur-kuh m-noo-teyt, -nyoo- ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈnu teɪt, -ˈnyu- /
verb (used without object), cir·cum·nu·tat·ed, cir·cum·nu·tat·ing.
(of the apex of a stem or other growing part of a plant) to bend or move around in an irregular circular or elliptical path.
trek, traipse, ramble, stray, cruise, hike, float, drift, roam, straggle, meander, amble, saunter, stroll, gad, gallivant, trail, deviate, peregrinate, diverge
Origin of circumnutate
1875–80; circum- + nutate < Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter
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